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East Tennessee Historical Society Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

The East Tennessee Historical Society offers a variety of teacher workshops in various topics, formats, and times.  All programs are rich in content and methods instruction and are correlated to meet or exceed state curriculum requirements.

East Tennessee Historical Society Workshops

For district-level workshops:

Please contact Lisa Oakley, curator of education, to schedule a district in-service related to any of the offerings found below or other social studies content or strategy needs. (865) 215-8828 or

Tennessee State Library & Archives Partnership:

  • October 25, 2018l 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.--Movers and Shakers: Awakened Reformers of the 1800s​: Click here to register or contact Kelly Wilkerson at

Please join the Tennessee State Library and Archives Education Outreach team for this primary source workshop. Designed for Tennessee educators teaching topics such as:

  • Sectional differences between the North and South, 1800-1850
  • Second Great Awakening
  • Abolition
  • Underground Railroad
  • Early Women's Suffrage

Standards covered in this workshop include (from standards updated in 2017) 4.25; 4.26; 8.41; 8.42; 8.43; AAH.09; TN.15; TN.25; TN.26.

Lunch and six professional development hours provided. 


Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU Partnership 2018-2019 Workshop Dates:

Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) workshops introduce teachers to the rich digital collection of documents, records, and photos available through the Library of Congress website.  TPS workshops are scheduled periodically and in various locations in the region and state.  Watch for notices and check back with us to learn about upcoming dates.

As the regional TPS facilitator, ETHS works under the direction of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, who administers the workshops for Tennessee and is a state affiliate of the Teaching with Primary Sources program.

  • December 7: “Era of the American Revolution”
  • This workshop will delve into the American Revolutionary Era of the late 18th century, Participants will explore primary sources from the Library of Congress’s rich collections for this period, including documents from the Founding Fathers, broadsides and other ephemera, and maps of early America. The workshop will also contain standards-based activities and materials ready for immediate classroom use.

  •  March 9, 2019: “Beginnings of a Movement” (Held at the Green McAdoo Center in Clinton)

    This workshop will explore the decades leading up to the modern civil rights movement (1930-1954). It was during the Great Depression, WWII and the immediate post-war period that the organizing and legal groundwork was laid for the modern civil rights movement. Participants will analyze relevant primary sources available from the Library of Congress. The workshop will feature standards-based activities and materials ready for immediate classroom use. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the Green McAdoo Center to learn more about the desegregation of Clinton High School.

  • April 6: “The Civil War’s Impact in Tennessee”

    This workshop will explore how the Civil War impacted Tennesseans from the vote to secession to the beginning of Reconstruction. Participants will analyze a wide range of primary sources from the Library of Congress. The workshop will feature standards-based activities and materials ready for immediate classroom use.

  • May 4: “The Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears”

    This workshop will explore the Indian Removal Act and the subsequent Trail of Tears as the Cherokee nation was forced to move to the Indian Territory. Amy Kostine, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation Trail of Tears historian, will share her research documenting the Trail of Tears. Participants will analyze a wide range of primary sources from the Library of Congress. The workshop will feature standards-based activities and materials ready for immediate classroom use.

  • June 20-21: “Strategies for Teaching the Social Studies Process Standards”

    This workshop will explore strategies and resources for teaching the social studies process standards in the new Tennessee social studies curriculum standards. The workshop will feature standards-based activities and materials ready for immediate classroom use.

Workshops have limited seating so register today by emailing Lisa Oakley, or by calling (865) 215-8828.

Workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville (across from the Tennessee Theatre) unless otherwise noted.  Materials, lunch, travel stipend and certificate of participation are provided.



FALL 2018 Humanities Tennessee Workshops

The East Tennessee Historical Society has partnered with Humanities Tennessee since 1989 to provide quality professional development for teachers across the region and state.

Tennessee History Highlights/ Hands-On-History Classroom and Museum Educator Workshops

7 hour workshops will focus on primary-source-rich, hands-on strategies for addressing key Tennessee history stories found in the current and new social studies standards. Teachers, academic coaches, and museum educators are welcome to attend. Content from grades 3-5, 8 and 11 will be used in activities, but methods can be adapted for all grades. Revolutionary War, Antebellum Slavery, Civil War Secession and Union, Child Labor, and Women's Suffrage are key content areas highlighted. Host community stories will also be featured. Please contact Lisa Oakley for more information or to register.

2018 Dates:

  • September 29, 2018: Brownsville, TN--Dunbar Carver Museum, 9:00-4:00
  • October 29: Dickson, TN--Promised Land Community Center and Museum, 9:00-4:00
  • Spring 2019:
  • April 5: Bristol, TN--Birthplace of Country Music Museum, 9:00-4:00
  • May 14: Johnson City, TN--Tipton Haynes Historic Site, 9:00-4:00
  • June 4: Jackson, TN--Jackson State Community College--Discover Tennessee History state-wide consortium is offering our first teacher conference. Please stay tuned for more information.

Lesson Plans from past workshops can be found online at   

Humanities Tennessee is the state affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.          

National History Day Teacher Workshops 

Fall 2018

August 4, 2018 : Research and "Triumph and Tragedy in History" NHD Teacher Workshop--UT Hodges Library, 9:30-12:30; register by emailing Lisa Oakley.

October 13, 2018: Research and "Triumph and Tragedy in History" NHD Student Workshop--UT Hodges Library, 9:30-12:30, register by emailing Liz Zepeda.

If you have questions about either of the above workshops, please contact Lisa Oakley at the number or email found below.

Would you like to learn more about how to introduce or enhance the National History Day program in your classroom?  We can schedule a workshop for teachers or come out to the classroom to discuss History Day logistics and explore this year's theme, "Conflict and Compromise in History." For more information on arranging a workshop or classroom outreach, please contact Lisa Oakley by e-mail or by calling (865) 215-8828.   

University of Tennessee Department of History Partnership:

2018-2019 Workshops TBA